Range pick up brass...

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by kevinh, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. kevinh

    kevinh New Member

    Dec 10, 2012
    I know there are plenty of people that don't agree with using brass picked up off the range. I'm one of those. But, here's my question. I shoot alot of handgun loads at the range and there are tons of brass everywhere. I don't shoot competition. What would be the downside of me reloading picked up brass just for hording? Just for "the end times" scenario. If I cleaned, inspected, culled the bad and reloaded these cases, what would be bad about that.

    I'm just searching for answers to questions and truly don't know which way to go with this. Your opinion is appreciated.

    And, don't start throwing rocks at each other because of differing opinions.


  2. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    what's wrong with range brass? It's about all I ever use!

    rifle I get a bit picky but pistol I will scrounge everything. probably 99% of my brass came off the floor of an indoor range.

    been loading and shooting it for over 15 years with only a handful of cracked cases.

  3. kevinh

    kevinh New Member

    Dec 10, 2012
    And see, aa, all I ever hear is NOT to use range brass. Reasons from you don't know how many times they've been fired to don't use brass from different manufacturers in the same batch. Maybe because I'm not competition shooting and that's the group that doesn't support picked up brass.
  4. 312shooter

    312shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV
    I have no problems picking up range brass, clean and inspect thoroughly no problems. There are some exceptions that require special attention such as .40 which require debulging.
  5. medalguy

    medalguy Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    New Mexico
    As long as you inspect the brass, and you're not doing olympic quality shooting, there's absolutely no reason why you can't use range brass. The majority of my pistol brass is mixed range brass. Just be sure there are no really bad bulges and splits, then load it up.
  6. steve4102

    steve4102 Former Guest

    Jan 27, 2006
  7. Packrat76

    Packrat76 New Member

    Mar 14, 2012
    I pickup mostly RP once fired brass in .308, 9mm, .38special, .30-06'. Since the ammo buyout, range brass out in Oregon is getting mighty scarce. I too have heard the warning of using this brass and inspect all cases for any problems. In 36yrs I have found some really good stuff.
  8. rcairflr

    rcairflr Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2011
    Wichita, Ks
    I guess I'm another one you disagree with, since almost all my .223 brass is range brass. Works good for me and the price is right.
  9. jlloyd73

    jlloyd73 Active Member

    Nov 28, 2010
    IMO you had better get what you can while you can.........clean it up and look it over.
  10. kevinh

    kevinh New Member

    Dec 10, 2012
    Thanks for the input. Maybe I should reconsider...

  11. kevinh

    kevinh New Member

    Dec 10, 2012
    Steve4120, I have a new Taurus .40 and I've noticed that the strike on the primer looks similar to that of the 9mm Glock. Not round, but more oblong.
  12. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    If you buy new brass, load it up and shoot it, do you throw it away because it's been used? If I can reload it, I'll shoot it! It doesn't matter how many times it's been loaded so long as there are no cracks, splits, bulges, or dings that the resizing die can't work out.
  13. gun-nut

    gun-nut Member

    Jan 15, 2011
    I use it! Works just fine. Clean and inspect! If you run a 45 acp sort the small and large primed cases.
  14. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2003
    Hesperia, CA
    With pistol range brass a simple inspection will show you whether it is heavily used or just once fired. If you see a guy or gal come to the range with new ammo and leaves the brass on the ground or bench then scoop it up. But.....

    Be aware that there are steel and aluminum cased ammo out there that you can not reload. Also some ammo uses Berdan primers that are hard to remove (need special tools to pry them out of the cases) and are hard to find as new primers. Also don't reuse any bulged brass from semi-auto's with insufficient support over the feed ramp. Blown out brass may be unsafe.

    With rifle brass it may be the unseen that makes the brass unsafe. It is possible that the primer pockets are enlarged from excessive reloading and/or excessive pressures. The brass could be out of a gun with excessive head space and badly stretched. I would use range rifle brass if it looks to be once fired or I observed it as being new, fired, and left on the range. But I would inspect every case. My son-in-law buys surplus loaded ammo (new ex-military). If it is not Berdan primed and not too beat up I salvage it and reload it. The Greek ammo as sold by CMP is excellent for reloading. But in general, rifle range brass is more risky to reload. Some guns like the Hakim literally rip at the the rim making it entirely unusable for reloading. H&K rifles can also be hard on brass. Guns with gas adjustment adjusted wrong can be very hard on brass (extractor attempts to pull the case out of the chamber when the gas pressure is too high and the case grabs at the chamber walls too hard, stretching and distorting the case and rim).

  15. DixieLandMan

    DixieLandMan Member

    Oct 18, 2011
    I've reloaded some of my brass several times for the pistols and never had any problems. Of course I inspect each case when I deprime them. Any cracks or anythign that looks wrong or different, I toss into the recycle buckets. As far as rifle rounds go, we pick up whatever we can (after we shoot) and load the cases that have no defects. Any doubts, they go to the recycle bucket.
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